Head Gasket/Oil Ladder Upgrade.

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Head Gasket/Oil Ladder Upgrade.

#1 Post by StubbornPatriot » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:38 pm

As a result of receiving a small income tax refund, :D I am now in a position to prepare my replacement engine to put in my very sick Tourer. It’s a K series 1.6 that’s done 64,000 (allegedly). Before I do the engine swap, I am going to do the HG upgrade with the strengthened Oil Ladder and through bolts. Basically, as a pre-emptive strike. DMGRS do a kit that includes Head Gasket, Head Bolts, Lower Oil Rail, camshaft seals, revised Viton inlet manifold gasket, exhaust manifold gaskets and cam cover gasket. The Head Gasket is the SAIC (N Series) gasket. I was previously advised to use a Victor Reinz gasket – is the SAIC gasket just as good? The engine has been sat in my garage for the past 6 years and I have already replaced the water pump and cambelt. Are there any other jobs I should do while I’m doing the HG upgrade? Valve Stem oil seals, for example? Anything that will be much easier while the engine is out? All suggestions welcomed. Any other cautionary hints on doing the job also welcome. Thanks, Duncan.
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Re: Head Gasket/Oil Ladder Upgrade.

#2 Post by 1234dist » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:48 am

I use the kit from Dmgrs myself and it’s really good quality.
Especially the stretch bolts which don’t have that horrible binding snapping noise while you are tightening them knowing you still have 180 degrees to go.
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#3 Post by JOHNDQ » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:10 pm

How do you know you can use MLS gasket if you haven't check the liner heights. The next best mod is to fit the Land rover Grey PRT thermostat

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#4 Post by StubbornPatriot » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:01 pm

Hi John - I am intending to check the liner heights before I order the kit, but thanks for making the point. I'm not expecting them to be a problem, as far as i know this is a good engine that hasn't had any HG problems. But I won't know until I've got the top off. I'm presuming the strengthened oil ladder and uprated bolts are only to go with an MLS gasket?
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#5 Post by 961tat » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:37 pm

I always open up the water ways in the head more flow and yes PRT is a good way to go .

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#6 Post by JOHNDQ » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:53 am

I wouldn't worry to much about the bolts to be honest if your not using the new later engine block. I've used a few N series head gaskets from X Part etc and none have ever come with the 10.9 grade stamped on the heads anyway. Good quality original bolts are fine just use the original torque setting. I normally always use Payen gaskets and bolts unless the liners aren't ok or the N series gasket never had any problems

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Re: Head Gasket/Oil Ladder Upgrade.

#7 Post by GTiJohn » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:36 am

You might want to wait until Friday's announcement about the parts discount available to club members before you blow your windfall :wink3
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